The Schermerhorn featured during Open House New York Weekend

For two days every October, OHNY Weekend unlocks the doors to some of New York’s most special privately-owned structures, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city. For the first time, OHNY showcased Common Ground’s Schermerhorn residence.

The 11-story Schermerhorn, designed by Ennead Architects, opened in 2009 as Common Ground’s first site built permanent supportive residence. Since then, it has collected numerous accolades, including The American Institute of Architects Housing Award and the Building Brooklyn Award.

The Schermerhorn also stands out as one of New York’s most artistic residences, thanks to a partnership between Common Ground and The Actor’s Fund to include a 2,000 square foot “black box” performance space within its ground floor, and by having the Brooklyn Ballet as our tenant in the site’s storefront commercial space.

Representatives from Common Ground, Ennead Architects, and Actors Fund gave tours to the first 60 individuals who signed up for this particularly unique OHNY opportunity. Participants learned about the challenges of building directly over two active subway lines, how the site was intentionally designed to benefit a mix of low-income and special needs populations, and about the various social services available within the Schermerhorn’s four walls to make it a “supportive” residence. Our OHNY guests also visited the Brooklyn Ballet space to watch their incredible performance videos and to get an up close look at a selection of ballet costumes.

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About Open House New York

From historic to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances and other special events taking place over the course of the Weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to foster a more vibrant civic life and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York.

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